By Rainer Shea
Source: Ghion Journal
Over the span of only a few months, beginning roughly in January, the illegal U.S.-backed coup that the U.S. has attempted to activate through Juan Guaido and other elements of Venezuela’s majority white and well-to-do right-wing opposition has gone from “serious threat” to “complete debacle”. Guaido has failed to gain the defectors from Venezuela’s military that he’d need to come to power, and has shown himself to be a leader who lacks charisma and the ability to mobilize a large mass of Venezuelans. As a result, Guaido’s U.S. handlers have abandoned him (intimated by the fact that the previous pro-Guaido campaign from the American political and media class has vanished since his artificial uprising fizzled).
The most striking factor in the collapse of the U.S./NATO empire’s latest Venezuela coup attempt is the vast opposition to capitalist sabotage that’s been displayed by the Venezuelan people. The continued survival of the anti-capitalist revolution that Chavez started can be attributed to several factors, including Venezuela’s heavily equipped military and Russia and China’s success, in an increasingly multipolar world, at protecting Venezuela. But the greatest source of Venezuelan socialism’s resilience is the abiding commitment the country’s people have to preserving and expanding the gains that Chavismo has created for them.
Venezuela is in its current situation of susceptibility to capitalist sabotage because the socialists haven’t yet managed to take the capitalist class within the country out of power. While the Bolivarian movement is driven largely by Marxist principles, the government hasn’t been able, for instance, to put ownership over the means of production into the hands of the poor and working people. Policy-wise, it’s only managed to implement expanded social programs and the nationalization of a limited amount of industries, leaving Venezuela to still be largely under the control of a class of corporate oligarchs.
But, given the relentless economic sabotage and violent destabilization that’s been directed against them by capitalists both within Venezuela and abroad, it’s difficult to lay all of the blame for this on Chavez (now deceased) and Maduro. And despite the great political setbacks the Bolivarian revolution has experienced, the election of Chavez in 2002 did bring a cultural transformation to Venezuela that’s given the country’s socialist movement strength for the battles…